With film and health in mind

We provide free training for young talented adults with lived-experience of mental health issues in film making and employability skills.  Our mission is clear: to support them having a voice to decrease stigma and discrimination in the creative workplace. Funded by the Maudsley Charity, the Walcot Foundation and the Lambeth LEO project, trainees with this invisible disability are proving their talent and employability in the industry and beyond. They are fulfilling strenuous roles on major feature films, on high-end music video productions, responsible roles producing children’s films, and sustaining a not-for-profit youth production company ‘Lambeth Walk Films’ which undertakes promotional video making for local charities, businesses, events and music festivals.

“2017 has proven thus far to be the year to  empower those usually silenced by their Mental Health problems to find a voice. Creative Sparkworks has already clearly demonstrated its ability to change the lives of vulnerable young people by enhancing their life skills and confidence through its film course. Giving young people with Mental Health problems the opportunity to undertake the Creative Sparkworks film course, with its spirit of teamwork and encouragement, could enable their voices to be heard more assuredly through a protected medium”.

Dr Maggie Wright

Consultant Anaesthetist, ICU James Paget Hospital

“I would like to say that I have worked in partnership with Creative Spark Works in establishing a vocational pathway for clients using Lambeth Early Onset Services. Creative Spark Works have proved invaluable in supporting the creative and artistic development of clients who have attended their programmes and benefited from the activities that they offer. They work in a way that is person centred and socially inclusive. People attending the courses are from diverse backgrounds and all age ranges, which provides a strong sense of community and connection.  The focus is on the activity and the process is one of normalisation, whereby the persons mental health condition is not the focus of the session but the persons interest in the creative activity. The staff at Creative Spark Works are committed and highly experienced in their own specialist areas and offer industry leading training, support and mentoring. Creative Spark Works have a successful and proven track record in delivering high quality and impactful ‘Film, Media and Employment Skills Courses.  I have no hesitation in recommending and supporting the bid application for funding for the film skills training courses. If you require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact me”.

Vocational Support Worker

NHS South London and Maudsley Hospital

‘Voice4HEALTH’ trainees entry interviews on course funded by the Maudsley Charity

 ‘No House No Home Where Feet Do Roam’ a trainee’s documentary around homelessness which she had experienced


 ‘Shriek’ filmed at Cardboard Citizens by students on our ‘Voice4Health’ course funded by the Maudsley Charity 

Produced by trainees on a Health In Mind Grant funded by Maudsley Charity, the film explores identity loss and depression.


Brixton Reel and Black Thrive ‘Raising Awareness of Mental Health in the Black Community in Lambeth’